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birds in winter

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:00 pm
by gdb
now that the snow is here and the temperatures are very low, it's time to put out something (or, hopefully, something extra) for all the birds who help make our gardens/towns/allotments such nice places to be.

i've found this link which gives some ideas

http://www.thekidsgarden.co.uk/helping- ... inter.html

but it could be interesting to see what other tips - if any - ishers have.....


i never seem to get much further than fat-balls and seeds! :oops:

Re: birds in winter

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:33 pm
by lovelygreenleaves
This is the best link:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbi ... index.aspx

Fat is a big no no apparently.

Re: birds in winter

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:03 pm
by snapdragon
have finally got some sparrows along with robin thrushes chaffinches tits and blackbirds
They used to help themselves when we had rabbits, but now we feed them through the winter
I just love seeing them there

Re: birds in winter

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:54 pm
by Millymollymandy
I feed the birds but can't put anything on the ground cos the blooming ducks come along and scoff it all, they already scuffle up all the gravel looking for any seeds which drop from the feeders. We did originally hang the feeders from trees but the ducks completely snuffled up and ruined the grass underneath hence our feeding stations now situated on gravel.

We stuck poles (metal or old broom handles) into cheap plastic outdoor umbrella bases (stops them blowing over in the wind), attached a strong but bendable metal cross pole through the (convenient!) hole in said metal or broom handle with the ends of it shaped into hooky bits, and hang feeders and fat balls and peanut feeders and hanging tables etc off that.

Does any of that make any sense? Cos our home made bird table just kept blowing over and breaking in the wind hence my OH coming up with this idea.

Only magpies and crows and chaffies eat the duck and chook food. The other birds are more discerning! :mrgreen:

Re: birds in winter

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:24 pm
by StripyPixieSocks
lovelygreenleaves wrote:This is the best link:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbi ... index.aspx

Fat is a big no no apparently.
Fat from cooking is bad fat from suet isn't and you can get vegetable suet as well now.